A comment on my working post.
Please consider putting some of your new extra income to something like supporting mission or ministry and don't blow it on a self indulgent overseas holiday.
Well, I have to say Anonymous that after I use any extra income (somewhat limited due to the low pay of librarians plus reduced government family benefits, cost of childcare, travel etc) to support my missionary friends, pay bills and feed my kids, I'll most definitely be adding 'self-indulgent overseas holiday' next on my To Do List. Here's to dreaming.
What I have learnt through going back to work is that unless I go full-time or get a seriously well paid job, it isn't going to make a huge difference to our financial situation. In lots of ways I'm working now because I wanted to gain work experience which is related to my degree and I was ready to try working outside the home. Working isn't always just about the money. It's more complicated than that.
This is a bit of an experiment for our family. I have a 12 month contract. We'll reassess after the year is up and see how we've all coped with it.